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Monday, December 27, 2010

Stats update

I'll post something more meaningful later this week when we officially hit the 8 month mark of waiting on the 30th. But for now, here are our latest "stats"

On the VERY unofficial wait list, we are next for a boy 13-18 months, #2 for a boy 8-18 months.

HOWEVER... we got our monthly update from our caseworker for December and the average wait times have increased again. So as of now, the average wait time for a child under 12 months is 9 1/2 months and the average wait for a child 13 months or older is 9 months. sigh. And the overall time frame from referral to actually bringing the child home has gotten longer. Now it's looking like it'll be closer to 6 months before we'll get to bring him home once we do get our referral.

With all the craziness of Christmas and houseguests and cooking I really did great with waiting over the past few weeks. I have convinced myself our referral is NOT coming in 2010.

But my heart still beats faster every time I think about him or talk about our adoption. I am so ready to not be waiting anymore.

On a positive note, my Christmas sewing fundraiser was a great big success! Thank you so much to all of you who purchased something from us! Once everyone sends their payments in, we will have raised over $1300 towards our adoption!!! That should cover the cost of one of our round-trip plane tickets to Ethiopia! How awesome is that!?!?!?  What's even more awesome is that now I can relax & enjoy my kiddos again without sewing every free moment! ha ha!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The perfect Christmas picture...

...will never happen!

We've had four different "photo shoots" in front of the Christmas tree this year. Why is it so hard to get two kids to sit still and smile in the same direction?  And what in the world will we do when we have three?

So in honor of all you parents out there in search of the perfect Christmas picture... here are our "best" ones!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

For Christmas this year I would like a referral for a little boy. From Ethiopia. Between 0-18 months. Please. I think I have been a good girl this year.  If you can bring me this, I don't need anything else. Ever.  Well, unless I can convince my husband to do another adoption one day. I'll keep you posted on that one.

Love,
  Kirstin

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

SEVEN MONTHS!

We've been waiting seven months to meet our little brother!
We have been on this rollercoaster ride for almost a year now but today marks 7 months on the official wait list for a little boy 0-18 months old. It is funny to think that I titled a blog post "Rollercoaster" back in March. I didn't know how right I was.

The latest Rollercoaster we are on I would like to call "My Startling Discovery."  You know how I always talk about that unofficial wait list? And how I stalk it almost every day? The list tells you when each family was placed on the waiting list and what they are waiting for (boy/girl, age of child, siblings, etc).  Remember, I check this list every day. Last night I made a "Startling Discovery."  I had NEVER NOTICED that the families ahead of us that are waiting for boys are all waiting for boys under 12 months old.  When I've been saying that we're #5 for a boy 0-18 months I was wrong - we're actually #4 for a boy 0-7 months.  We're #2 for a boy 8-18 months and we are NEXT for a boy 13-18 months (well, there is a sweet family on hold just above us for a child 0-18 months and I am praying they can get back on the list asap, which would bump us down one.)

yikes.

I can't believe I never paid attention to that age range. I saw it but it never clicked.

And now I wish I hadn't seen it. I had just commented yesterday to a friend that I really didn't think we'd have our baby home until July (which could still be true). I convinced myself we were still far enough away from a referral that I wouldn't need to even think about it until January.

Right now, I'm waiting patiently. Almost contentedly. I know we will bring our child home. I know it will all work out at the right time.  Even with my "Startling Discovery," I'm still not carrying my cell phone around with me. I even left it in the car when I took the kids to the library this morning, sort of to prove to myself that I'm not obsessing about getting THE CALL. The wait list I get to see is very unofficial. There could still be 10 families in front of us waiting for boys 0-18 months. I'll never know. But I do know that call is coming someday.

And today, that's good enough for me!